Monthly Archives: December 2015



Yeah, you read that right.

Daddy curses too much, but he hasn’t dropped that bomb around you. And certainly not with the frequency that you say it.

Playing with this,

you make it hope along and say –


Or this –


“Frog,” we say.


“Frog. ”


Sometimes, for no apparent reason, you see something that must look like a frog, because you point and say, “Fock.”

Walking through the store with your cousins, you saw the big green frog before daddy did.


And then there’s meal time. “Let Daddy get you a fork.”




When it’s quiet at night and you’re asleep, in my mind’s ear, I can hear you —

“Fock. ”

Every now and then it comes out, “Frock.”

But usually it’s

Mommy suggested I should warn them at day care. If they serve lunch with a fork instead of a spoon, I suspect they’ll learn it soon enough.

At church this morning, Daddy saw that there weren’t any toys in your diaper bag. So daddy gave you a plastic fork.

As you smiled and held the fork up high, Daddy panicked as you loudly called out, “Eat!”

I took the fork back before you could follow up that idea. I gave you cookies, instead. No fork, forrrkk, fork, needed.


Mimi’s house

In the past week, you’ve developed a curious habit.

You say “dog.”

And then with a short, sharp, nod of your head, you say “woof.”

Perhaps this comes from visiting with Mimi’s dog.

Mimi's dog

Perhaps it’s something you’ve seen on Sesame Street.

I know as you’ve watched more Sesame Street, or perhaps because you’ve grown older, you interact with your environment differently.

For example, you wave at the cat, and say, “hi,” in a friendly way as though you expect a response.

This week, you followed the dog around with an empty bowl, saying, “eat, eat.”

Were you offering Dexter something to eat? Or were you asking him for something to eat?

When daddy said he was making waffles, and you said “waffle, waffle” to the dog, were you hoping he would join you for breakfast? Or were you just bragging?

You’ve learned a lot of the sounds that animals make — you can’t say the animal names, but you can “meow,” “moo,” “quack,” and “roar.”  And of course, “woof.”